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Montana Transportation and Land Use

Preparing Local Land Use Plans

Preparing Local Land Use Plans

Land use planning and zoning play a critical role in shaping transportation networks. The location, type, and design of development influence whether an individual may drive, walk, bike, or take transit. Many Montana communities have adopted land use plans in the form of growth policies or special area plans that help promote smart transportation. The following land use planning and zoning strategies facilitate compact growth that supports multimodal transportation systems.

Case studies that feature land use planning & zoning tools include the following: